Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple

Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple

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Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji)

Sri Ranganatha Temple is also called as Rangji Temple. It is situated in the heart of temple city, Vrindavan. It is also one of the most venerable spiritual centers of India. Sri Rangji Temple is a very renowned and  largest temple which is dedicated to Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar. She is  popularly known in South India as Goda or Andal. She was a prominent 8th century’s Vaishnava saint who had collected “Tiruppuvai” which centers about her love for her adored Lord Krishna and the leela bhoomi of Lord Krishna. She had so much love for Shri Krishna. She used to sing songs in his honor and also used to do fasts for him. It is believed that she wanted to conquer Lord Krishna by marrying him. Lord Ranganatha who was none other than Lord Krishna responded to her prayers by becoming her bridegroom. In Sri Rangji Mandir, as following the rituals of South India, Shri Krishna is here as the bridegroom with a walking stick in his hand. The architecture of this renowned temple is based on Dravidian style and is a replica of Srivilliputhur. Sri Rangji Mandir is an extraordinary and exquisite mixture of north and South Indian temples. Sri Rangji Mandir has been built with five concentric rectangular inclusions around the chamber sanctorum and two attractive stone gates carved in Jaipur style on the western side and the eastern side respectively.

Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji)

Outside gate of this holy shrine is present at 50 feet high wooden Chariot from the western side of temple which is taken out only once in a year during Brahmotsav. Once you go through the stone engraved western gate, you can see an enormous seven storey gopuram. From its left and right, there are electrically functioned leelas representing the stories of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. On the eastern side, there is a different gopuram which is having five floors. Between the two gopurams in the outer concentric inclusion, there is a big pool known as the “Pushkarni”. On the other side of this pool, there is a miniature garden where Andal is taken out on each Friday evening. The garden has fine-looking stone fountains which demonstrate on special occasions. A small temple of Sri Hanumanji is situated in between the garden and the pond directly in front of the eastern gopuram is “barahdwari”. After the way adjoining to the garden, as you move along the periphery, you can see the residence of Sri Goverdhan Rangacharyaji Maharaj who is currently the Goverdhan peethadeesh or the head of the Sri Rangji Mandir Trust Board.

Sri Rangji temple is one of the biggest temples in the whole of North India. In this sacred temple all regular festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm. All the ritual ceremonies are performed according to the Vedic norms. Although, many pilgrims visit this holy shrine throughout the year but on Sri Brahmotsav, a huge crowd can be seen playing a blissful Holi in Sri Rangji Temple.